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Trickle Down Or Middle Out? Ohio's U.S. Senators Divided On Tax Package

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
J. Scott Applewhite
Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

Republican House and Senate negotiators – including Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman – have agreed on a compromise tax package will likely come up for a series of votes next week. Details are scarce but, Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator continues to lambaste the foundation of the deal.

Sherrod Brown says he and Portman have worked together on issues ranging from opioids to trade, but the tax package represents a philosophical divide.

Portman sees tax cuts for corporations and investors as a way to stimulate the economy for everyone. Brown sees it as the latest incarnation of failed trickle-down economics.

“If you say you’re going to cut taxes on the middle class then pass a bill that cuts taxes on the middle class," Brown said. "That puts money in people’s pockets, they buy things, it creates demand.” 

Portman, who has been a deficit hawk, maintainsthe tax package will boost wages and decrease the federal deficit because it will generate more revenue.